Daureen Martinez of Batavia was glad to see the Ace Hardware in Batavia was still open March 22 after Gov. JB Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The order took effect at 5 p.m. March 21 and will last until at least April 7. As part of the order, all nonessential businesses must close. Hardware stores are among the essential businesses that can remain open.

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